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December 31, 2020- Cleveland Cavaliers bested by Indiana Pacers

Cavaliers and Pacers regular season game recap

The Cleveland Cavaliers were walked all over by the Indiana Pacers 99-119 away in Indianapolis, IN at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse during Thursday afternoon’s event. Everyone was active for the Cavaliers. At the same time, Everyone was active for the Pacers. The win brings the Cavaliers to 0-1 in the series against the Pacers and to 3-2 in the regular season.

For the Cavaliers, Larry Nance Jr. scored 10 points in 35:59, shooting 4/9 (44.4%) from the field. Nance Jr. also had a team-high 7 assists and got 5 rebounds. Andre Drummond added 11 points in 25:02, although he struggled shooting, shooting 4/11 (36.4%) from the field. Drummond also managed to pull down an admirable team-high 13 rebounds and added 4 assists. Collin Sexton had a team-high 28 points, going 12/19 (63.2%) from the field in 36:36. Sexton also made 4 assists. JaVale McGee got 7 points, although he struggled making baskets, scoring 3/11 (27.3%) from the field in 13:38. In addition, McGee also pulled down an elegant team-high 13 rebounds. An additional vital performance was made by Darius Garland , who recorded 21 points and had 5 assists.

On the Pacers, Domantas Sabonis gained a team-high 25 points, going 10/14 (71.4%) from the field in 36:59. In addition to his points, Sabonis also got a skillful team-high 11 rebounds and dished 7 assists. Victor Oladipo had 16 points, albeit he struggled shooting from the field, shooting 5/14 (35.7%) from the field and 4/8 (50.0%) from deep in 34:12. Additionally, Oladipo also dished a team-high 8 assists. Other important performers were Myles Turner (who had 7 rebounds and got 4 steals),Malcolm Brogdon (who had 17 points, passed out 5 assists, and got 3 steals), and Doug McDermott (who recorded 18 points and added 9 rebounds).

1st Quarter

The 1st Quarter kicked off as expected as the Cavaliers went 5/11 from the field and 1/1 from three in the first half of the quarter for a total of 11 points. Shooting Guard Collin Sexton was a major player in this decent start as he got 4 points on 2/3 shooting (0/0 from three). In addition to his points, Sexton also added 1 steal. The Pacers had no issues as well at the start of the quarter, making 6/9 from the field and 2/5 from deep for a total of 14 points. Small Forward Aaron Holiday was a major contributor in this principled start for the Pacers as he had 5 points on 2/2 shooting (1/1 from deep).

Despite the sound start to the 1st Quarter, the Cavaliers struggled shooting to finish the quarter, gaining 10 points while going 3/15 from the field and 2/5 from deep. The Pacers, simultaneously, had no trouble closing out the period, recording 18 points on 6/11 shooting (4/5 from the three point mark). The 1st Quarter finished with the Cavaliers down by 11 points (21-32). Dante Exum was the largest contributor of the quarter, scoring 6 points. On the Pacers, Domantas Sabonis scored 6 points.

2nd Quarter

Trailing the Pacers, the Cavaliers stayed determined as they shot 5/7 from the field and 2/2 from three in the first half of the quarter for a total of 16 points. Point Guard Darius Garland was an important contributor in this hot start as he got 6 points on 2/3 shooting (2/2 from three). In comparison, the Pacers had trouble at the start of the period, shooting 5/14 from the field and 3/7 from deep for a total of 13 points. Doug McDermott was included in those on the Pacers who had a slow start to the quarter, shooting 3/7 from the field and 2/4 from the three point mark for 8 points. Doug McDermott had 8 points and pulled down 2 rebounds.

Despite the sound start to the 2nd Quarter, the Cavaliers had trouble shooting to wrap up the quarter, boasting 14 points while going 5/12 from the field and 2/6 from three. The Pacers also had issues closing out the period, adding 12 points on 4/11 shooting (1/5 from deep). The 2nd Quarter closed with the Cavaliers trailing the Pacers by 6 points (51-57). Collin Sexton was the largest contributor of the quarter, scoring 9 points. On the Pacers, Doug McDermott scored 8 points.

3rd Quarter

The 3rd Quarter began unexceptionally as the Cavaliers went 5/11 from the field and 0/2 from the three point mark in the first half of the quarter for a total of 11 points. Shooting Guard Collin Sexton was a key player in this reasonable start as he got 6 points on 3/3 shooting (0/0 from deep). Likewise, the Pacers also had no issues at the start of the period, making 5/9 from the field and 3/4 from three for a total of 15 points. Point Guard Malcolm Brogdon was a vital contributor in this decent start for the Pacers as he gained 5 points on 1/4 shooting (1/2 from the three point mark). In addition, Brogdon also managed to pull down 1 rebound.

Despite the solid start to the 3rd Quarter, the Cavaliers had trouble scoring to finish the quarter, adding 6 points while going 2/7 from the field and 1/2 from the three point mark. The Pacers, concurrently, had no trouble closing out the period, scoring 16 points on 6/11 shooting (1/2 from deep). The 3rd Quarter ended with the Cavaliers down by 20 points (68-88). Domantas Sabonis was the main contributor of the quarter, scoring 11 points. On the Cavaliers, Collin Sexton scored 9 points.

4th Quarter

Trailing the Pacers, the Cavaliers stayed determined as they shot 8/9 from the field and 4/4 from the three point mark in the first half of the quarter for a total of 20 points. Point Guard Darius Garland was a crucial player in this exceptional start as he got 8 points on 3/3 shooting (2/2 from deep). Garland also added 2 assists. Power Forward Larry Nance Jr. gained 5 points, dished 1 assist, had 1 steal, and added 1 rebound. In comparison, the Pacers had trouble at the start of the period, shooting 4/10 from the field and 0/1 from deep for a total of 11 points. Doug McDermott was among those on the Pacers who had issues at the start of the quarter, shooting 1/3 from the field and 0/0 from the three point mark for 2 points. Power Forward Domantas Sabonis recorded 2 points and dished out 1 assist. Center Myles Turner got 2 points, dished 1 assist, and grabbed 1 steal. Point Guard Malcolm Brogdon recorded 2 points and got 1 steal. Doug McDermott scored 2 points and managed to pull down 1 rebound. T.J. McConnell got 2 points.

Despite the reasonable start to the 4th Quarter, the Cavaliers had trouble shooting to close out the period, scoring 11 points while going 4/10 from the field and 0/1 from the three point mark. The Pacers, at the same time, had no trouble closing up the period, boasting 20 points on 6/12 shooting (2/6 from three). The Cavaliers lost to the Pacers 99-119. Darius Garland was the most substantial contributor of the quarter, scoring 8 points. On the Pacers, Domantas Sabonis scored 6 points.

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